William Larue Weller Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, 2011 Buffalo Trace Antique Collection – Review

The name Weller is as intertwined and as important a name as you will find in the history of American whiskey. Daniel Weller was operating a still near Bardstown, KY as early as 1800. His son Samuel followed in his father's footsteps, and his son, William LaRue Weller started making and selling whiskey in 1849. … Continue reading William Larue Weller Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, 2011 Buffalo Trace Antique Collection – Review

George T. Stagg Kentucky Straight Bourbon, 2011 Buffalo Trace Antique Collection – Review

*Thank you very much to AP and Buffalo Trace for the samples! Let me just point out right away that, although it might be a good one, the name George T. Stagg is not that of porn star. No, George T. Stagg was successful whiskey salesman who, in 1870, helped E.H. Taylor purchase a distillery … Continue reading George T. Stagg Kentucky Straight Bourbon, 2011 Buffalo Trace Antique Collection – Review

Blackadder Raw Cask 1998 Laphroaig 12 Year Old – Review

*Thanks to the good folks at Impex Beverages for the sample. Unless you find yourself in a dark, fragrant whisky warehouse fairly often, standing in front of a barrel with a pipette in one hand and a nosing glass in the other, there are just a few bottled opportunities to taste whisky (or whiskey, for … Continue reading Blackadder Raw Cask 1998 Laphroaig 12 Year Old – Review

Redbreast 12 Year Old Cask Strength Irish Whiskey – Review

On this St. Patrick's day, before we get to the whiskey, an open letter to Saint Patrick on behalf of snakes: Dear Pat, You've made quite a name for yourself over the years and we snakes realize that no small amount of your fame is derived from the legend of you driving us out of … Continue reading Redbreast 12 Year Old Cask Strength Irish Whiskey – Review

Mackinlay’s Rare Old Highland Malt Whisky – Review

*Thanks to the good folks at the Baddish Group for the sample. In honor of Ernest Shackleton's birthday today (138 years ago in 1874), I was all excited to write about this one, all ready to expound on the leitmotifs of his Antarctic adventures; epic heroism, brave leadership, and stoic perseverance in the face of withering … Continue reading Mackinlay’s Rare Old Highland Malt Whisky – Review

Chieftain’s 1995 Mortlach 15 Year Old – Review

*Thanks to the good folks at Impex Beverages for the sample. There's a saying about Speyside's  Dufftown that goes "Rome was built on seven hills but Dufftown stands on seven stills." Even though I've never visited Dufftown, I'm pretty sure the differences don't stop there. Rome, for example, does not focus much on booze and booze-making in its … Continue reading Chieftain’s 1995 Mortlach 15 Year Old – Review

Highland Park 18 Year Old – Review.

I'm more excited about Father's Day this year than I have been about most of the other Father's Days before. It's not because, for once, I got a card into the mail on time...I didn't, at this point, that's to be expected. No, this year marks the first Father's Day that I'll be on the … Continue reading Highland Park 18 Year Old – Review.

Ardbeg Alligator – Review

Alligator... Kingdom: Animalia, Phylum: Chordata, Class: Reptilia, Superorder: Crocodylomorpha, Order: Crocodylia, Family: Alligatoridae, Subfamily: Alligatorinae, Genus: Alligator (all due taxonomic credit goes to François Marie Daudin). There are currently only two species of Alligator, the American Alligator (Alligator mississippiensis) and the Chinese Alligator (Alligator sinensis) which is smaller and nearly extinct, but very adept at … Continue reading Ardbeg Alligator – Review

Redbreast 15 Year Old – Review

John Hansell pointed this out in a recent post on the always excellent What Does John Know, but it was something I also noticed right away upon opening my bottle of Redbreast 15 year old:  gone was the phrase "Pure Pot Still" that adorns the 12 year old bottle and in its place were the … Continue reading Redbreast 15 Year Old – Review

Four Roses Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey – Review

If you've spent any time at all reading this blog, you know that, from time to time, I like to gingerly dip my toes into whisky history, distillery info, regional arcana, fun stories of excruciating regret, preposterous heroism, and petty minutia. Hell, I don't know why...probably because I like lore and information and often there's … Continue reading Four Roses Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey – Review